Conclusion: from Confucianism to globalisation

Alan Walker and Chack-kie Wong

in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345523
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302162 | DOI:
Conclusion: from Confucianism to globalisation

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This chapter returns to the role of Confucianism in East Asian welfare regimes and characterises it as an adjunct to political ideology. Then, while emphasising the differences between the East Asian welfare regimes in their paths of development, the discussion proposes six key factors that are essential to their political economy: development, political ideology, authoritarianism, colonialism, ethnicity and gender. It discusses the impact and political function of globalisation. Finally, in contrast to the almost universal negative rhetoric surrounding welfare in contemporary East Asia, this chapter stresses the positive role of social welfare provision as a source of well-being for citizens in the region as well as a major promoter of economic growth.

Keywords: welfare regimes; East Asia; political ideology; political economy; authoritarianism; colonialism; ethnicity; gender; social welfare provision

Chapter.  4471 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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